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Sustainability

Great importance is attached throughout the Zillertal Arena to sustainable skiing that saves energy & resources. In addition to an extensive free ski bus network for environmentally friendly travel and numerous e-charging stations in the car parks, there are also a whole range of other sustainable measures. The Zillertal Arena uses 100% carbon-neutral electricity.

Sustainable energy production

The Zillertal Arena uses energy from 100% carbon-neutral electricity, and in Zell am Ziller, Hochkrimml and Gerlos we also rely on carbon-neutral heat generation and electricity generation with photovoltaic systems.

A biomass heating plant started operation in Gerlos back in 2014, and supplies around 130 houses. The Isskogelbahn and Dorfbahn Gerlos cable cars are also heated with district heating from wood. The waste heat from the cable car drive is used for the Arena Center and in the Ebenfeld snow groomer garage, the waste heat from the snowmaking system’s compressors as well as its own solar system is used to generate energy. There are also photovoltaic plants in the Zillertal Arena in Hochkrimml, Zell am Ziller and Gerlos. The latest plant at Stuanmandlbahn cable car in Gerlos can power the carbon-neutral transport of more than 640,000 people each season on Vorkogel surface lift.

The four photovoltaic systems in Gerlos generate a total of approx. 85,000 kW/h per year.

  • Mover XL at Dorfbahn top station 15 kWp
  • Arena Center practice area’s magic carpet 18.25 kWp
  • 10EUB Stuanmandlbahn top station 19.2 kWp
  • 6SB Moseltret 39 kWp

Outside the lift operating hours, the electricity generated is fed into the public grid. This brings both additional economic benefits and makes an active contribution to sustainable energy production.

Power plant

The Hochkrimml cable cars generate approx. 200,000 kWh of electricity per year with a small power plant, and this is fed into the general power grid. The Plattenkogel-X-Press I 8-seater chair lift can therefore be operated on a carbon-neutral basis throughout the entire winter season.

E-mobility

E-mobility is a key focus in the Zillertal Arena. As of this summer, an electric vehicle is available at lake Fichtensee for clean, quiet and environmentally friendly transport up to Rosenalm. There are also a large number of e-cars in operation, used on a daily basis by directors, managers and employees of the Zillertal Arena. Wald-Königsleiten plays a pioneering role here with its e-BOB mobility programme. Visitors have access to e-cars and, in summer, e-bikes for an even better holiday.

E-charging stations in the Zillertal Arena:

  • 2 charging stations with 4 charging spaces in Zell am Ziller
  • 2 charging stations with 4 charging spaces at the Isskogelbahn cable car and 3 charging stations at the Dorfbahn Gerlos cable car
  • 1 charging station in Wald
  • 4 charging stations in Königsleiten
  • 1 charging station in Krimml

Local public transport

All villages in the Zillertal Arena have an extensive ski bus network for free travel to and from the ski area for all visitors. The Arena cable car companies make a significant contribution to the financing of the ski bus service, helping to reduce car traffic to the cable car stations.

To the digital ski bus timetable

Zillertal Mobility Plan

Numerous measures are being implemented to sustainably improve the traffic situation in the valley within the framework of the Zillertal Mobility Plan. The holistic mobility concept includes the following key points, among others:

  • Expanding bus & train services
  • Shortening the journey times on the Zillertalbahn, which is run carbon-free
  • Optimal transport links to the Zillertal Arena with the new Rohrberg train station, just a few minutes away from the Karspitzbahn cable car.
  • Guest card = ticket

Digital snow depth measurement

All our snow groomers are fitted with GPS for digital snow depth measurement. This means that we know the exact snow depths at all times. We therefore only produce snow where it is needed – and this helps us to reduce both water consumption and snow machine use. Accurate snow depth information can also help prevent damage to the land.

Commitment to forestry & nature

Additional reforesting in the region

Every spring, we actively support reforestation work along the valley run in Zell am Ziller. The mixed forest is reforested with young firs, spruces, copper beeches and alders. Regular clean-ups in the ski area remove rubbish and make a sustainable contribution to environmental protection.

Environmentally friendly & sustainable ski run construction

A strong focus is placed on careful and sustainable ski run construction in the Zillertal Arena. Grass sods and dwarf shrub heaths are carefully removed in certain sites, temporarily stored and replanted once the ski run construction is completed to restore the relief typical of the landscape through recultivation in the high alpine terrain. Close cooperation with specialist planners for geology, hydrology, geotechnics and experts for alpine skiing and safety on the slopes, as well as ecologically and environmentally friendly implementation, are the foundation for every ski run construction project. In Zell am Ziller, the ski run construction projects are planned and implemented together with our long-standing partner Neuhauser Erdbau & Transporte.

Floodlit Zell am Ziller valley run

We in the Zillertal Arena are proud of our valley run, as it is one of the longest valley runs in Austria, which is floodlit to enhance the options and attractiveness in winter. Contrast and shade are particularly important criteria when planning ski run lighting systems. Around 3,000 to 4,000 Kelvin of warm white LED light is much more environmentally friendly and makes it possible to clearly recognise colours. That’s why we decided on this first LED lighting system in Austria for the ski run area. The use of light outdoors at night is an integral part of our way of life, regardless of the numerous restrictions. Careful use of artificial light is therefore all the more important and contributes significantly to the protection of the habitat, flora, fauna and the natural balance.

Wiesenalm Zell am Ziller

A strong focus was placed on sustainability during the construction of the Wiesenalm. In addition to a carbon-neutral pellet heating system, the waste heat from the gears of the nearby Rosenalmbahn and Karspitzbahn gondolas is also used in combination with a heat pump for heating and hot water production at the Wiesenalm. Furthermore, the Wiesenalm’s entire power supply comes from 100% renewable energy sources: firstly, the electricity is generated from our own photovoltaic system on the roof of the Rosenalmbahn cable car bottom station and secondly, all the electricity purchased from TIWAG (Tiroler Wasserkraft AG) is also 100% carbon-neutral.

Umbrella Bar Gerlos

The new construction of the Umbrella Bar in Gerlos took the traditional business to a new level in terms of facilities and infrastructure. The location of the Umbrella Bar alone is unique: situated on the Moseltret, guests have a spectacular panoramic view of Gerlos and the Reichenspitz mountain range. The sunny Umbrella Bar is also easy to reach by skis, ski bus or on foot.

Stichwort Sonne: The new building is heated with solar energy and biomass. This confirms once again that the path the Zillertal Arena took years ago is being constantly pursued.

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